The Arohanui Hospice Charity Bowling Tournament

On Saturday 24 February Levin Bowls held its second charity tournament in aid of the Arohanui Hospice. The Hospice has set up a clinic in Levin to meet the needs of about one third of its clients who live in the Horowhenua district. The club saw this opportunity to extend the role that the club plays in the local community through its work with the Work Mates Business House Bowls programme which it has run every summer for the past 26 years.For months now a sub-committee of five club members have been very active in canvassing local businesses and many individuals for support through donations in money and/or goods to be used as prizes. They also recruited teams from local and regional clubs to take part in the mixed fours charity gala.The tournament was played in great spirit with two games in the morning and with Ralda Adams and Peter Anderson’s sausage sizzle available throughout the day, no one went hungry. During the lunch break and starting just as everyone had eaten, the charity auction was held, celebrity auctioneer Arne Jansson with bid spotter Neville Turnbull sold  items such as a weed trimmer, a full car service, fully installed top of the range Dual-Band Wi-Fi Access Point, many lots of Kerridge Linens, vouchers for all sorts of products and services and many other new items. They were eagerly snapped up by the keen bowler bidders before play resumed with the two games in the afternoon.Thirty two teams took part on the day with the emphasis being on having fun. As with all Levin Bowls galas the dress code is optional/mufti, this time the tournament flyer said if you like, fancy dress for the occasion. Many teams went to a lot of trouble with their dress-ups with the team of Bill Clelland (s) Lynda Orr, Roy Dickson and Lynn Cherry taking out the winning ‘Best Dressed Team’ prize. The ‘Best Dressed Person’ was a one person race with Brian Sturzaker an easy winner. A number of district clubs supported the Levin Bowls on the day with entries coming as far as Waverley in the North and Paraparaumu in the South.

Prior to the presentation of the prizes the Master of Ceremonies Neville Turnbull made special mention of Club members who have helped to make the day a success. Arne Jansson and his team looking after the Summerset Master Green, Greg Hutchings the Cobb & Co Dales Green and Les Judd who put all the gear out early before play started. Lana Mahupuku and Paul Gardner who looked after the bar and the four ladies who maned the kitchen all day,  Anne Williams, Barbara Selley, Mary Judd with Ralda Adams in charge.  

The generous sponsored prizes were then given out with the prize for first to fifth being the same on both greens, the winners on the day being:

Cobb & Co Levin, Dales Green:

1st. Joe Wnek (s) Rob Harland, Kaye Lahman, and Alick Donald received the Woodhaven Gardens Special Pack.

2nd. Paul Kirkby (s) Annie Conmee, Anne Whiley and Mike Nisbet received the New World vouchers donated by the Bank of New Zealand.

3rd. Graeme Mathie (s) Ron Evans, Linda Moy and Arnold Taiaroa received the ‘Village Café’ vouchers donated by the Masonic Village.

4th. Graham Milligan (s) Stephanie Vincent, Raymond Albert and Noelene Knight took home the Countdown donated vouchers.

5th. Peter Bovey (s) Maurice Carter, Lodzia Wnek and Joe Weinbauer received the Pak’N’Save Mini vouchers.

The ‘Unlucky Team Prize’ from both greens went to: Sarah Ryan (s) Dave Stout, Jim Buchannan and Clare Seymour.


Summerset Master Green:

1st. Fred Adams (s) Paul Gardner, Lana Mahupuku and Valda Anderson.

2nd. John Adams (s) Julie Stichbury, Bronwyn McMahon and Ian McQueen.

3rd. Arne Jansson (s) Alice Spicer, Jan Lilico and Rex Spicer.

4th. Trevor Tuatara (s) Neil Bovey, Gary Wylie and Colleen Nicholson.

5th. Ronnie Crone (s) Dennis Crone, Clare Hack and John Allan.

At the end of the afternoon Arohanui Hospice Representative Louise Curtis was on hand to present the prizes and the Hospice Trophy which was won by the team from Levin Bowls skipped by Joe Wnek, they were the winners on the Dales green over the Fred Adams team who were winners on the cotula green, the margin being a close three ends. Louise was also told that the sum raised at the charity tournament day would be in excess of $10,000.00 which will go towards supporting the Arohanui Hospice, Horowhenua clinic in Levin.

It was the culmination of an amazing effort by the tournament sub-committee of Neville Turnbull (Chair), Ralda Adams, Diana McGill, Les and Mary Judd.  

Levin Bowls is very grateful for the efforts of the sub-committee in raising the profile of the club in the community and to the great number of supporters from the local community who supported the venture through donations and gifts of items for auction or prizes.

The Donors of Money Received were:

Arlan Engineering Ltd, Engine Restorations, Finer Aluminium, Freshpork Levin Ltd, Paul & Christine Gardner, Judi Ridout – Graphic Press & Packaging Ltd, Graham Lang Plumbers & Gassfitters Ltd, Margaret Griffin, Harcourts – Lorraine Rankin, Harcourts – Team Group Rentals Dot Scott, Hayes Spraying Services Ltd, Harvey Bowler Funeral Services, Horowhenua Motor Co Ltd, Horowhenua Panel & Paint, Stuart & Jenny Irons, Julie Judd – Ray White Real Estate, Roz Wallace – Ray White Real Estate, Kerrys Upholstery Specialists, LC Car Wholesale Ltd, Levin A1 Joinery Ltd, Levin East Electrical Ltd, Levin & Horowhenua Vetinary, Lucys Bins, Mako Mako Dairy, Horowhenua Masonic Village, Masonic Medical Centre, Carl Orr, Lynda Orr, Plumbing Solutions, Prior & Palmer Ltd, Purely Cremations, Queen Street Food Market, Richard Webb Ltd, Barry & Alida Rollison, Skin Medic Ltd, Snorkel New Zealand, Estate of Keith Swain, Welcome Inn Motel, Wheelhouse Levin, 2nd Wind Second Hand Shop, Woodhaven Gardens, Woodstock Joinery Ltd.

 Sponsors of donated products used for Prizes & Auction Goods.

R & J Adams, Andersons Outdoor Machinery, Audio & Security Solutions, Ballentynes Levin, Bank of New Zealand, Bell Booth – Paul Jackson, Beaurepaires Levin, Campbells Water Centre, Colourplus, Comfort Socks Ltd, Countdown Supermarket Levin, Crighton ITM Levin, Envy Hairdressing, Farmers Trading Co, Farmlands, Five Star takeaways, Floor Court Ltd, Flowers by Belina, Focal Point Cinema, Granite Tops, Genoese Foods, Haven Beauty, Horowhenua Chronicle, Horowhenua District Council, Inspire.Net Ltd, Kerridge Linens & More, Kingston & Kemp, Levin Bowling Club, Levin Jewellery, Levin Nails & Beauty, Levin New World, Levin Sawmakers, Lone Star Café & Bar – Palm Nth, Louise Duncan Hair Design, Lucky Lotto Shop, Masonic Village Café, Mayra Foods-Bath St Fish & Chip Shop, Mico Plumbing Levin, Mitre 10 Levin, MSA Ltd, Noel Leeming, Norca Rug Co, One 2 Rent, Pack n Save Mini, Pauls Meats, Plumbing World Ltd, Queen Street Dental Centre, Sanctum Hairdesign,Spicer Accounting, Supreme Antennas & Supreme Lock-ups, Talus Innovaproducts Ltd,, Topglass, TRC Toyota Levin, Tsar Nails, Neville & Sharon Turnbull, Unichem Levin,  B.S. Young & Son, Tararua Pharmacy, The Warehouse, Woodhaven Gardens.

A photo of the winning team, which won the Arohanui Hospice Trophy taken at the end of a great day for the charity at Levin Bowls.

Photo, left to right: Rob Harland, Neville Turnbull (Tournament Committee MC) Kaye Lahman, Louise Curtis (Arohanui Hospice Representative) and team skip, Joe Wnek. Not available for the photo was the fourth team member Alick Donald.


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